Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
April 1, 2018
Happy Easter, my Peeps. Welcome to the weekly edition of Fact or Fiction, wrestling style, exclusive to this site, DougMaynard.com. The questions however are not exclusive and come from my mack-daddy’s over at 411mania.com/wrestling. Let’s get busy and do this…
1. You like Rusev being added to the US Title match at WrestleMania.
FACT: It’s a much better place for Rusev then being buried in the Battle Royal. He’s a great talent and getting over with this whole “Rusev Day” in a way that no one would have expected. I didn’t really have much interest in this match before this addition. I like Jinder, but thus far, Roode hasn’t really clicked with me yet during his time in the WWE and I’ve been burnt out on Orton for a long time. Now there is someone involved that I actually enjoying watching and it will be interesting also to see what kind of antics that Aiden English pulls from the outside as well. And we might even see a new and deserving U.S. Champion at the end of the match. After all, Wrestlemania does take place on Rusev Day, right?
2. Shane McMahon will not wrestle at WrestleMania.
FACT: If these injuries and Shane’s medical problems are legit, there is absolutely no way that he will be cleared to perform at Wrestlemania against Owens and Zayn and he shouldn’t be. A hernia isn’t something to mess around with and from the reports I’ve read, Shane’s is in pretty messed up shape. So Shane is out and it’s either Daniel Bryan bringing in a partner for this match (Chris Jericho perhaps?) or working in a handicap event against both men. I’m still expecting some kind of swerve because no way that Owens and Sami are “fired” at the end of the night, but Bryan isn’t going to lose his first match back either. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out. But so far as Shane goes, he won’t be one of the particpants in this match.
3. The Cruiserweight title match will end up on the WrestleMania pre-show.
FACT: The card is stacked up with over a dozen matches and two battle royals so something has to go on the pre-show and given the status of the Cruiserweight Championship as compared to say, the Intercontinental Championship or Charlotte versus Asuka, it’ll be one of the matches to bite the bullet. The men from 205 Live are exciting and will be a great way to get the show started and get the fans involved and hyped. So long as they get plenty of time for their match, it doesn’t matter where they are on the card. They’ll come through and deliver.
4. Shinsuke Nakamura will defeat AJ Styles at WrestleMania to win the WWE Title.
FICTION: I don’t think so. I’m sure that AJ and Shinsuke will have one hell of a fantastic match and regardless of who walks out with the WWE Championship, I’m sure that the fans will be happy and excited. But that being said, AJ has done so well as the face of Smackdown Live and has really cemented his role as the best performer on the blue brand (and currently in the WWE for that matter) and it’s not time to end the AJ run yet, unless he’s moving to RAW to have some classics against guys like Miz, Seth and Samoa Joe for instance. But I hope not. I think we have many more months and battles against the likes of Bobby Roode, Rusev and Daniel Bryan in the future to enjoy first. Look for AJ to retain and remain the WWE Champion.
5. Becky Lynch will win the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal.
FICTION: It could happen and I wouldn’t be upset in the slightest if it did as Becky has been neglected and overlooked far too many times over the past year or so, but I think that Vince’s natural bias in favor of the RAW brand will put the advantage for this in the ladies of RAW and we’ll see a red-shirted Diva win the event. I would love to see Alicia win, but I think she’s still on the shelf with a broken butt bone so I’ll go for the last of the old guard here. How about Mickie James? Regardless of who the winner is, it should be a fun match and I’m interested in seeing how many ladies from the past are used to fill out the event and as they did with the Royal Rumble, allow for a packed ring and enough participants. I would love to see a Hall of Famer and her inductee, aka Ivory and Molly, participate. After all, they are there. Just saying.
6. What is your excitement level for WrestleMania 34?
I won’t lie here. It’s a big 10 out of 10. It’s freakin’ Wrestlemania! And even though some of the matches interest me less than others, it’s a solid packed show that will, between the Kickoff Show and the main card, last for over seven hours. Add the Hall of Fame stuff on Friday and the NXT Takeover event on Saturday, and it’s a wrestling fan’s dreams come true. This is always my favorite Sunday of the year and something I’ve looked forward to each year and this year is no different. Even when the WWE product is less than great, we know that for at least this event, WWE will still come through and it will be an extravaganza second to none. So yes, I am totally jakked and ready to watch. It will be a great day and loads of fun. ‘Nuff said!
And with that, I’m gone for now my friends. Time for a shower, some breakfast and maybe some church this morning. Lord knows I need it. I’ll be back later today with a piece on the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018 and then later tonight, I’ll be partipating in the recording of a podcast with SMF Cyberspace. We’re doing “Lost and Forgotten Movie Gems” and I’ll be talking with Brent and Luke. It should be a fun evening.
Thank you for reading. Thoughts and comments are welcome and appreciated. Until later, have a great one and again, Happy Easter. Love ya.